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Teaching english in South Korea, SHOULD WE GO OR NOT? !

Old Apr 28th, 2005, 02:44 PM
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The OP posted almost a year ago. I think the issue has been resolved
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Old Apr 29th, 2005, 01:58 AM
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NYCDreamer's point is entirely valid. Of course there's a difference between spoken and written English, and slang is part of the language.

However, the OP betrayed a fundamental ignorance of basic grammar that cast a shadow of doubt on her ability to teach the language to a standard which the Korean parents shelling out big bucks for her services have a right to expect. Some of her students may well intend to work in English-speaking countries in positions where poor English won't enhance their career prospects one little bit.

I hesitate (well, I almost did) to point out that "critique" is a (French) noun, not a verb. There's a perfectly adequate English verb that fits the bill nicely - "criticise".

Patty, the OP's question is in the past all right, but I think the subject is still topical.
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Old Apr 29th, 2005, 09:48 AM
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I have to side with BjorkChop on this one. I also don't believe that the way a person chooses to write on an internet message board is a clear indication of whether she's competent to teach English. It's not enough to make that determination.

My sister writes just like the OP or worse when we email or IM each other or if she's posting on her blog. It's not because she lacks basic grammar/spelling skills (she majored in English, has a graduate degree from Harvard, and taught English at one point). It's just how she chooses to express herself when she's around friends, family, and on the internet in general.

I'm certainly willing to give the OP the benefit of the doubt based on one post.

Neil,
I believe there's increasing acceptance of the use of the word critique as a verb. Language is always evolving, isn't it?
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Old Apr 29th, 2005, 02:40 PM
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Patty. I'm not really as pedantic as my last post might have suggested, and I know I'll just have to get used to people critiqueing (?) things, even though it's been irritating me for years. I think that this usage crept in because to many people "criticise" suggests a negative appraisal.
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